Artists compared with non-artists are "better protected [against] diseases like Alzheimer's, vascular dementia and even strokes," according to Dr. Luis Fornazzari, a Toronto neurological consultant. "Art opens the mind," Fornazzari said. "It should be taught to everyone. It’s better than many medications and is as important as mathematics or history."
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Neurologists at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto have found that artists suffering from vascular dementia may still be able to draw from memory, even if unable to complete simple tasks.
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